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Delboy_Derek

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Message Posted: May 25, 2010 12:05:30 PM

In the U.K. a lot of drivers have moved over to driving diesel engine cars for better economy.
Here is the car I drive in Scotland.

40 + mpg (US gallon size)
Ford Mondeo Estate (Station Wagon)
Engine 1.8 litre TDCI Diesel
0 - 60 > 12 secs
Top speed 125 mph

Location > Hamilton Scotland
Latest gas price today in Hamilton, Scotland = $6.06 / US Gallon size

http://www.ford.co.uk/Cars/Mondeo
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SteveTA1979
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2015 1:38:20 AM

yes
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jedchong
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 10:42:42 PM

yes
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andy616
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 11:08:34 AM

yes
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WEDDY
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 9:53:08 AM

I would not buy one.
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Les4hdtv
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 8:03:29 AM

No - Never again!
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CactusBobs
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 3:32:08 AM

I do ....every day.

But my Diesels are all older and can and are used on all types of oils.
Modern Diesels are worthless, they can only be used on mostly Pump Diesel.
costs to buy and repair are high.
I keep hearing about these light duty Diesels that go 500K miles, but i have never seen one that did not have a complete rebuild to make it that far. I found most of them are ready for the junkyard between 200-300K miles and quite a few sooner.

So you can keep them, because without the ability to run ALT fuels i have no use for them.


[Edited by: CactusBobs at 4/23/2015 3:35:18 AM EST]
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8_Ball2014
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 2:02:44 AM

yes
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DAG2015
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 9:01:19 AM

YES.
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RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 6:06:36 AM

Possibly
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andy616
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 4:51:09 AM

No
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 7:50:32 AM

Yes, definitely. The mpg more than makes up for the higher price in diesel, and the price of diesel will not always be higher than gasoline. You get more diesel out of a barrel of oil than gasoline, so ultimately, diesel is a better deal.
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 4:33:17 AM

No
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nickless
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 4:14:27 AM

Sure
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Sun_Man
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 12:52:00 AM

No..
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runner1256
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2015 8:17:21 AM

no
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2015 7:29:14 AM

no
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badbobKY
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2015 4:55:31 AM

yes
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hoofharted
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2015 3:38:24 AM

Yes
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ssgdonp
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2015 1:15:21 PM

Car no: Truck YES
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erfuelman
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2015 8:37:05 AM

Probably not, though you can get better mileage. Diesel is dirty to mess with and usually adds about 5 to 10 thousand more in the cost of a vehicle.
Also cost much more when it has to be worked on.
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b899
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2015 7:16:21 AM

no
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 12:48:26 PM

No
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Vin63
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 9:32:04 AM

Yes, and I do.
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b899
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 7:12:26 AM

no
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Antonisbob
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2015 7:13:25 PM

Yes, absolutely. Really want a Diesel VW.
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Les4hdtv
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2015 9:11:48 AM

Ya Hillbilly: Thanks to the Japanese for introducing reliable cars and trucks at the time when the big three were making junks except for one or two models.

Those in the big 3 that took note, learned that junk don't sell. For those that did not learn, well, it was a sweet deal on Bankruptcy! And then the tax payer got the bill for a 30 Billion dollar loss on the final stock sale. One was parted out to Italy. China now owns the paper on the GM bailout... Your grand kids get to pay off that one.

[Edited by: Les4hdtv at 4/15/2015 9:13:26 AM EST]
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RF4CPhantom
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2015 1:24:31 AM

NO
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oldhillbillyAZ
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2015 12:33:51 AM

bluebird1 sez...
However, over here diesel prices are wrapped up in bigger pkgs on the model of cars.

** We can thank the Japs for that. Back in the 60's we could order cars from the big 3 just about anyway we wanted. As the jap cars started coming over from Japan they were unable to allow people to "Order from the factory". So they would offer package "A", or package "B". As time went by the big 3 followed.

bluebird1 sez...
Pump prices are artificially high likely because its used mainly for bigger vehicles & considered a more captive mkt than for gas!!

** And most of the "Bigger" vehicles are Owned by companies...These companies get Rebates and Discounts based on diesel fuel purchases.
Just ask Tennessee governor Bill Haslam co owner of the nation's largest chain of hybrid convenience store-gas stations. (Pilot/Flying J)
Better yet ask his brother Jimmy Haslam after he finishes counting out $92 million dollars from a class action law suit last year.
No big deal for them..

Google it "Richest politician in America"


[Edited by: oldhillbillyAZ at 4/15/2015 12:38:07 AM EST]
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Sun_Man
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2015 12:27:51 AM

No
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bluebird1
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 10:23:35 PM

A modern diesel, I definitely would ..& did for 3 wks in Ireland & Scotland last summer. Great driving dynamics & wouldn't know it was diesel. However, over here diesel prices are wrapped up in bigger pkgs on the model of cars (act'l cost should be around $1,000 more) & pump prices are artificially high likely because its used mainly for bigger vehicles & considered a more captive mkt than for gas!!
Here gas is around $4.75 /gal Cdn & diesel is $1.22 - 1.25/L or $5.54 -5.68 /gal!! Get outside of the city & diesel is within a cent or 2 /L of gas.
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 7:40:30 PM

No.
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 11:19:52 AM

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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 8:27:26 AM

yes
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 6:19:56 AM

Possibly
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Les4hdtv
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 1:22:38 PM

Price of diesel is still a little hard to handle now daze.
Yesterday, on the Chattanooga to Nashville interstate, gas was posted at 2:08 and diesel at 2.68. My gas-only intermediate sedan registered 39 MPG (average, not instant) which is typical for a 4-cyl, mid-size with a 6-speed auto. Based on that ratio, the same size diesel intermediate would have to be getting 50 MPG to just break even on the extra price of diesel.
What's up with that?
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moxxor54
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 8:39:59 AM

I do not think so !
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 12:04:11 PM

yes
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 8:58:53 AM

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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 7:34:28 AM

A medium size truck, medium duty, with a small diesel engine mostly quiet designed could be a want. I don't think I like the PEA additive stuff, to mess with, but better MPGs and a drop in D.. fuel prices at the pump could sway Me.

The older one gets, the more I need a custom style dump truck bed type truck that doesn't look "Dumpy" but functions. Total bed height is very important for older owners as utility aux. misc. use, really and some neat showoff looks, when clean/waxed.

No interest in a D.... Car except a compact SUV type, then with better seat entry height/decent ground clearance. Quick cabin warming for our local region areas of living known as Winter!
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 7:21:09 AM

> No, I wouldn't own one.

The question posed was would one "drive" one. Simply driving one is not the difficulty of owning one.
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twt
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 6:33:42 AM

No, I wouldn't own one.
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GustheCat2
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2015 3:53:51 PM

Sure
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twt
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2015 6:13:57 AM

Never have, never will.
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KLR56
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2015 6:05:14 AM

No, I don't drive a diesel but I plan on buying one in my next truck.
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andy616
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2015 3:11:38 AM

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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 10:04:41 PM

Yes, I would love to own one.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 8:33:55 PM

if it were free!@
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jimmy544
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 7:35:23 PM

sure thing. Some of the them have 600+ mile ranges.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 6:13:04 PM

No thanks.
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Les4hdtv
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 3:31:46 PM

Too many problems: Would not operate at alt above 10,000 feet. Almost stranded in the Eisenhower tunnel. Had trouble locating diesel back then, before 8AM on Sundays especially while on the road.
Blew an injector pump and head gasket just out of warrantee. They parked the car for two weeks waiting for parts from Der Father Land.

That ended my career as a diesel junkie. Midsize Hybrids rule w/steel in the doors / American built w/extended range (up to 750 miles)...
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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 10:37:04 AM

Les4hdtv - I had a diesel Rabbit back in the 70's too. I liked it, until I got T-boned - someone hit me in the driver's door and put me in the hospital. After that, I wanted a good American-made car with steel beams in the doors.

(As of a year ago, I'm back in a diesel VW.)
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